UN chief calls for restoration of constitutional order in MaliListen /
Transitional authorities in Mali are being encouraged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to develop a strategy to return the country to constitutional rule.
Soldiers seized power in March this year as the government grappled with an armed rebellion in the north.
The Secretary-General told the Security Council on Wednesday that the conflict in Mali has exacerbated into what he called "a perilous humanitarian situation."
He said that more 170,000 people have been displaced inside the country, and over 250,000 others have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
Mr. Ban called for a holistic and comprehensive approach to the resolution of the crisis in Mali.
"I strongly encourage the Government of Mali to develop an over-arching political strategy to return the country to constitutional order and reestablish state authority in the North. The strategy should clearly spell out responses to genuine socio-economic and political grievances, the modalities for political dialogue and negotiations, and the aims of eventual military action against extremist forces in the North."
Mr. Ban also encouraged the Security Council to consider the imposition of targeted travel and financial sanctions against individuals or groups in Mali engaged in terrorist, religious extremist or criminal activities.